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Chemical engineers and computers

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Computers as tools for the chemical engineer have begun to revolutionize his concepts of reaction kinetic analysis, of plant design methods, and of plant control systems. The new field known as systems engineering has arisen to fulfill and exploit the promises which computers offer in these areas. This paper outlines the applications of analog and digital computers to chemical engineering problems, points out the specific advantages of each, and details the numbers and backgrounds of the operating personnel required. The newer field of application of computers to process control is reviewed in the light of progress to date and of present and future trends.

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